Male goldie's bird of paradise displaying to female


Paradisaea is the genus of birds of paradise that contains the world's most spectacular species. The males of the seven species, all of which are native to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, boast some of the most impressive ornamental plumes and long tail wires of any of the birds of paradise. Their amazing plumage is shown off to the females in a display area, or lek. Species in this group include the iconic greater bird of paradise.

Scientific name: Paradisaea

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Paradisaea taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.